This chapter draws together the key themes of the research and develops some recommendations for policy and practice. The study findings have relevance for transactions between practitioners and users as well as for the relationships between different groups of professionals and their organisations. The proposal for a dyad of keyworkers in cases where mothers have mental health problems and where there are child protection issues is designed to impact on each of these interfaces. However, some of the problems identified for mothers with mental health problems are not only confined to how professional roles are defined and played out, but also concern the availability and distribution of resources. The suggestions offered here are directed at policy makers at all levels as well as at the full range of practitioners in statutory and voluntary settings.
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